All 50 states in the US are gearing up for the Midterm Elections where the crucial decision of whether the Democrats hold onto the House and the Senate, both of which are presently controlled by the party, or whether Republicans manage to snatch one or both away from them.
The fate of both parties will be decided by voting on November 8. While all the races across the country will be crucial for both the liberal as well as conservative parties, here are the top 6 battleground states to watch out for:
Both the Senatorial as well as Gubernatorial races in Georgia are going to be high profile this year. There are only a few times Democratic presidential nominees have won the state, including former President Bill Clinton in 1992 and President Joe Biden in 2020.
Democrat Raphael Warnock won Senate seats along with his party member Jon Ossoff in the last cycle to flip control of the chamber to Democrats. This time he is up against Trump-backed football star Herschel Walker. Both of them are African-Americans.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp had won his first term in office in 2018, beating Democrat Stacey Abrams by just 55,000 votes. The two are set to face off again tomorrow. If Abrams wins, she would be the first female Black governor in U.S. history.
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After former President Donald Trump narrowly won the state in 2016, Biden flipped Wisconsin back to blue by less than a point in 2020. It is one of the key swing states in the country and all eyes will be on GOP Sen. Ron Johnson and Democrat Mandela Barnes, both of whom are competing in a high-stakes senatorial race.
Johnson has touted treatments such as mouthwash, underplayed the seriousness of the January 6 Capitol riots, and dismissed climate change as “bulls**t.” Barnes is bidding to become the first Black senator in Wisconsin’s history. He was the first African American to serve as the state’s lieutenant governor.
The state has a long past of voting for Democrats but Trump narrowly flipped the state in 2016. It was won back by Biden in 2020.
Former TV personality Mehmet Oz, a Republican, will be contesting Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is recovering from a stroke that has affected his speech and hearing. The former host of the daytime TV show ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ was once backed by Trump in the primary but has since distanced himself from the former president.
Another important race is between State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is trying to maintain Democratic control of Pennsylvania’s governorship. He is up against Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano.
Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan will be contesting JD Vance of leaving the state for San Francisco to make millions of dollars in Silicon Valley. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, has been accused by his contender of leaving the state for San Francisco to make millions of dollars in Silicon Valley.
After Clinton in 1996, Biden was the first candidate to win this state in 2020.
Republicans are planning to take Arizona back. Trump has endorsed Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake and GOP Senate nominee Blake Masters. They are up against Democrats Katie Hobbs and Mark Kelly respectively.
Another important race in the state is that of its Secretary of State between Mark Finchem (R) and Adrian Fontes (D).
Fontes, a lawyer, and former marine is up against Finchem, who falsely claimed that Trump lost the state in 2020 due to voter fraud.
Aramis Ayala, the first Black female state attorney in Florida history is up against Ashley Moody (R), a former prosecutor and judge, for the state attorney general race. The latter made headlines when she sided with Trump regarding the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home.